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2010-01-14 12:52:18

Our energy-hungry brains operate reliably and efficiently while processing a flood of sensory information, thanks to a sort of neuronal thermostat that regulates activity in the visual cortex, Yale researchers have found. The actions of inhibitory neurons allow the brain to save energy by suppressing non-essential visual stimuli and processing only key information, according to research published in the January 13 issue of the journal Neuron. "It's called the iceberg phenomenon, where only...

2009-12-23 16:01:09

Female ducks have evolved an intriguing way to avoid becoming impregnated by undesirable but aggressive males endowed with large corkscrew-shaped penises: vaginas with clockwise spirals that thwart oppositely spiraled males. More details of this evolutionary battle of the sexes fought at the level of genitalia are described by Yale researchers in the December 23 issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. "In species where forced copulation is common, males have evolved longer...

2009-12-08 12:28:00

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, today announced it will open a long-term research laboratory in New Haven with a focus on the development of healthier food and beverage products. The company also will fund a graduate fellowship in the M.D.-Ph.D. Program at Yale School of Medicine to support research related to nutritional science. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091208/NY22791-a...

2009-11-26 06:30:00

MONTREAL, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ - Speedware Ltd., a leading provider of IT modernization solutions, today announced the successful completion of an IBM mainframe-to-Windows migration project for its customer, Connecticut-based Yale New Haven Health System. The project involved re-hosting a portion of the company's mainframe applications on a Windows environment. In order to reduce operational costs, Yale New Haven had decided to modernize its legacy mainframe systems. As part of Yale New...

2009-11-19 19:12:17

A protein found in the saliva of ticks helps protect mice from developing Lyme disease, Yale researchers have discovered. The findings, published in the November 19 issue of Cell Host & Microbe, may spur development of a new vaccine against infection from Lyme disease, which is spread through tick bites. Traditionally, vaccines have directly targeted specific pathogens. This is the first time that antibodies against a protein in the saliva of a pathogen's transmitting agent (in this case,...

2009-10-28 07:30:00

NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC), the world leader in crowd management, proudly announces its 3-year contract renewal with Yale Athletics, a valued client since 1994. Founded by Damon Zumwalt in 1967, CSC has more than 40 years of experience providing security and crowd management services for the world's largest events, including the U.S. Open, 29 Super Bowls, 7 Olympic Games, and 2 World Cups. Along with Zumwalt, CSC's management team...

2009-10-19 16:38:20

Results illustrate power and promise of new genetic technology In a dramatic illustration of the power of emerging genetic technologies, Yale University researchers have reported making a clinical diagnosis for the first time using comprehensive DNA sequencing of all the protein-coding genes in the genome. The information changed the course of treatment of a baby boy suffering from symptoms of dehydration thousands of miles away in Turkey. The new approach to DNA sequencing used by Yale...

2009-09-24 06:32:50

A tiny bit of genetic material with no previously known function may hold the key to stopping the spread of cancer, researchers at Yale School of Medicine and Sichuan University in Chengdu, China report in two papers in the September 7-11 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the papers, Alan Garen of the Department of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry at Yale and his colleague Xu Song explain how cancer may overcome an organism's natural "stop sign" for cell...

2009-09-23 15:06:10

Contrary to the prevailing view, the hormone leptin, which is critical for normal food intake and metabolism, appears to regulate bone mass and suppress appetite by acting mainly through serotonin pathways in the brain, according to a recent study published in Cell by Yale School of Medicine researchers and colleagues at Columbia University. This new finding contradicts the view that leptin acts primarily in the hypothalamus. "Our study challenges the view that the hypothalamus is the...

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2009-06-18 09:00:50

Throughout the animal kingdom brilliant colors or elaborate behavioral displays serve as "advertisements" for attracting mates. But, what do the ads promise, and is there truth in advertising? Researchers at Yale theorize that when males must provide care for the survival of their offspring, the males' signals will consistently be honest "” and they may devote more of their energy to caring for their offspring than to being attractive. The idea that males showcase their best qualities...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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